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CHRISTIANSTED – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is increasing its ongoing support to federal hurricane response and recovery efforts, including in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, with more personnel deploying daily. Some 19 civilian volunteers and three active duty officers are deployed, primarily to the United States territories

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MIAMI — Could there be a new tropical storm soon? It’s possible, but it will have to develop quickly, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters there have been watching an area of disturbed weather in the northwest Caribbean for most of the week. The disturbance was designated Potential Tropical Cyclone 18

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FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands National Guard (VING) turned 44, on Oct. 19. Noticeably the uniform of the day was white hazmat suits, gloves and surgical masks worn by Guard members who cleaned schools and public facilities on the island of St. Croix that have yet to reopen post-storm. The

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SAN JUAN — The blackout caused by Hurricane Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico is the United States’ largest in history, according to a new report. Economic consulting firm Rhodium Group determined in a Thursday report that Maria caused 1.25 billion hours of electricity supply disruption to

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE –– The U.S. Senate completed action Tuesday afternoon on a $36.5 billion supplemental disaster recovery spending bill, which includes $4.9 billion for emergency operating loans for the governments of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced. The bill, which passed the Senate on a

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MIAMI — The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season might not be over yet. An area of showers and thunderstorms now spinning in the western Caribbean has a 50 percent chance of developing into Tropical Storm Philippe by the weekend, the National Hurricane Center said. The disturbance is likely to drift across the northwestern

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HELPING HAND: Gov. Kenneth Mapp shakes hands with Jason Botel, the U.S. Department of Education’s Acting and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, at Government House. CHRISTIANSTED — About a third of the power on the island of St. Thomas has been restored, Gov. Kenneth Mapp said Monday.

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MIAMI — A broad area of low pressure in the western Caribbean could develop into a tropical depression or storm this week, but will first soak parts of Central America with locally heavy rain. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has highlighted a portion of the western Caribbean for a medium

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Answers to frequently asked questions from Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria survivors in the U.S. Virgin Islands: Q: Where can I get true, reliable information about FEMA’s disaster aid programs? A: Straight answers and plain facts are available from the disaster assistance program experts on FEMA’s Help Line. Call 800-621-3362

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CANE BAY CARES: Cane Bay Partners Founders David Johnson and Kirk Chewning. CHRISTIANSTED — The first phase of Operation Cane Bay Cares St. Croix Hurricane Relief Drive has kicked off successfully with 36 community groups receiving a generator and thousands of residents receiving water bottles between Oct. 11 and Oct.

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